BURN centurion Leigh Adamson was on fire as he dismantled Thixendale’s bowling attack in HPH York Vale Cricket League division one on Saturday.

Nigel French (75) and opener Ben Brown (65) unleashed some big shots to take Thix to 227-8 from their 40 overs.

Adamson then took the attack to Thixendale after tea and reached his ton before drinks. He was eventually out for 153 with the game almost won.

Mark Webster provided support with an unbeaten 35 as Burn won by eight wickets.

Clifton Alliance’s young side came unstuck at Melbourne, losing by nine wickets.

Alliance were in trouble at 31-4 but a 57-run partnership between Tom Bews (35) and Chris Elliot (33) prevented total disaster. Once they departed, Alliance collapsed to 139 all out with the last five wickets falling for 13 runs. Brian Underwood finished with 4-29 and team-mates Coupland (50no) and Oliver Steels (56no) knocked off the runs by the 25th over.

Mark Earle was Westow’s match-winner as they defeated Ovington by 52 runs.

His chanceless 87, well supported by Ali Fothergill (33) and Nathan Pratt (26), took Westow to 208-7.

James Eckersley (25) and Sam Dixon (34) got the Ovington reply off to a good start, and after 11 overs the home team were 50-0. But Jacob Stephenson (4-34) then removed both openers and bowled David Smith for a duck and the rot set in, Ovington closing on 156-9.

Anthony Carter and Martin Lambert (48) added 70 for Wheldrake against South Cave & Brantingham but once Carter (38) fell, Arun Kalwani (6-26) ran through the card to see Wheldrake all out for 118.

Cave lost Nerenda Pai in the first over to Ben Challis, but another wicket did not fall for 21 overs as Oliver Pierce (34no) and Sam Coulson (34) took their side towards a seven-wicket win.

Askham turned up at Kelfield with eight players and were bowled out for 20 – one of the lowest totals in recent Vale League history.

Craig Lawson picked up 4-10 including a hat-trick. The home side knocked the runs off in 8.1 overs.

John Cockerill’s unbeaten 65 saw Hemingbrough canter home against Thorpe Willoughby in division two.

Thorpe were bowled out for 121 with Andy Rowley returning figures of 12-4-22-3. New signing Marcus Cooper claimed two victims in his first game while Dave Cockerill took a wicket – his first for 15 years.

Hemingbrough opener Cockerill remained in imperious form and, despite two smart run-outs from Thorpe, he steered his side home with 14 overs to spare.

Stamford Bridge were restricted to 157 at Yapham largely because Dan Edwards’ opening spell of 12 overs yielded only 16 runs and accounted for three of the visitors’ top five batters, but the hosts didn’t really challenge the total.

Excellent left-arm seam bowling by James Dennis helped earn league newcomers Sessay a debut win against Dunnington in division three.

Young Ed Hammond made 35 but Dennis triggered a middle-order collapse with 6-29, supported by Andrew Dawson (2-17) and 14-year-old left-arm spinner Ollie Levin, who took 2-8 in his first match. Dawson finished on 66 not out in Sessay’s successful run chase.

Ovington II openers Graham Walton (52) and Ben Robinson (46), both making their club debuts, put on 84 for the first wicket in the win against Thorpe Willoughby II, whose Lawrence Stones took 5-32.

Selby slipped to 29-6 against Burn II but the innings was rescued by Malcolm Bowden (50) and Mike Thorpe (20), who put on 79 to help the total reach 136. Jack Dudley took 5-44 from his 12 overs.

Burn’s successful reply was dominated by Ray Adamson (56no) and Mick Sullivan (36no).

Press Performance of the Week: Leigh Adamson’s powerful 153 sped Burn to victory against Thixendale in division one.